Capitol Hill: The Foundation of the Country

Washington, D.C.

  • The Capitol Building - a dominant position in the city
  • Republican National Committee Headquarters
  • Democratic National Committee Headquarters
  • Rayburn House Office Building
  • Longworth House Office Building
  • The Library of Congress seen from the Capitol Building
  • The grand lobby
  • Capitol Building East Front
  • Capitol Visitor Center
  • Folger Library exterior
  • Main exhibit hall
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Columbus Circle and Union Station
  • Russell Senate Office Building
  • U.S. Postal Museum
  • Various means to deliver the mail

2 hours
1.8 mi
Guided by Gil


This walk is for anyone interested in national politics and how laws are made and judged. The Capitol Hill neighborhood, and indeed, the entire city, is anchored on the Capitol Building, the home of the U.S. Congress and Senate. Join us as we explore U.S. history, culture and architecture on our walk through federal institutions and fixtures of Capitol Hill.

About Your Guide

A native of Virginia, I am a seasoned international traveler, having lived in or traveled to over 60 countries. I enjoy bringing visitors to Washington's many famous historical, literary and artistic sites.

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Guide Points

  1. Political Party Offices

    Immediately across the street as you exit the Metro entrance is the National Republican Congressional Committee Headquarters at 320 First S…

  2. House Office Buildings

    Across the street in front of you is the U.S. Capitol Building. It is split into three parts, from north to south: the Senate wing, the Rot…

  3. Library of Congress

    The Library of Congress is the research library that officially serves the United States Congress. It is the de facto national library of …

  4. Capitol Building

    The United States Capitol is the home of the House of Representatives and the Senate. As a structure, it dominates Capitol Hill, and the r…

  5. Folger Shakespeare Library

    The Folger Shakespeare Library is the world's largest collection of the printed works of William Shakespeare, and is a primary repository f…

  6. Supreme Court Building

    The Supreme Court Building is the home of the Supreme Court of the United States and the Judicial Branch of the government.

  7. Union Station

    This wonderful building truly celebrates the great age of rail travel. Not only is Union Station an major transportation hub (trains, Metro…

  8. U.S. Postal Museum

    It may not seem like a visit to a museum that celebrates the US Post Office makes sense in a walk of Capitol Hill, however the postal servi…

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